LINEUP: Imagineer Systems motor / Expression Workshop / guest studio Titmouse: Using Flash in a Broadcast World / demo reels / door prizes
This month, we will get a look at the just-released roto tool from Imagineer Systems, motor. Our guest studio will be Titmouse, showing us how they fuse Flash and their unqiue hand-drawn style. In addition, Alex Czetwertynski of Aenhancers will return with another expressions tutorial. And then there's the small matter of overt $6000 in prizes to give away at the end...
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page. Also, remember: there is free wireless Internet access at the theatre! Look for the network BGT Booth.
Billy Woody, Imagineer Systems' LA-based Product Specialist, will be showing us the latest tool, motor, from the folks who brought you mokey! motor is a dedicated rotoscoping tool based on Imagineer's "super cool" planar tracking technology, which allows you to get your rotoscoping done much, much faster. Billy will be giving an overview of the product and explain how this tool fits into standard workflows using tools such as Adobe After Effects.
Imagineer will also be giving away a copy of motor as a door prize, which is worth over $1500 - many thanks! Imagineer's suite of advanced software tools for professional film and video post production are based on cutting edge image processing techniques and are recognized as delivering high quality results and improved productivity.
Alex Czetwertynski (aka "Disciple" on Aenhancers.com) will share an expression which will allow you to animate a swarm effect. Although this is a more advanced expression, it will show even beginners how powerful some simple commands can be. Alex continues to share his knowledge of scripts and expressions in a semi-regular addition to MGLA.
Once considered merely a web tool, Adobe Flash has quickly become the de-facto animation software for broadcast. Chris Prynoski, Owner of Titmouse Studios, will take us through some of his recent work and explain how Titmouse uses Flash, in conjunction with other motion graphic tools, to create a variety visually stunning work.
Chris Prynoski has many TV and film credits, including Metalocalypse on Cartoon Network and his own creation, the series MTV Downtown, which was nominated for a primetime Emmy. He has also had a directing credit on MTV's Daria and the Hallucination Sequence of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which was nominated for "Best Animated Sequence in a Feature Film" by the National Cartoonists Society. Chris has created the opening title for MTV's The Osbournes, special animation for Roswell, an animated "Foot Long Hot Dog
Inventor" spot for Budweiser and, among other projects, a Dexter's Lab spoof with They Might Be Giants for Cartoon Network.
A chance to show off what you've been up to, and possibly land a new client or two! Bring your reels or recent projects; please limit the length to about 3 minutes or under. Best formats are DVD, VHS, and SVHS; we can also play back miniDV, DVCAM, and accommodate a computer connection or play back your QuickTime movie. Be prepared to talk about what you show, and bring a card or slip of paper with your contact information so we can include it in the meeting summary. Hand your reels to Warren Heaton or another one of our hosts before the meeting or during the break to get into the queue.
For those who share their reel with us, we have Cinema 4D, Digital Anarchy, and modo t-shirts. Those who share an actual project will also receive a Motionstream HD Sample Pack, which includes several royalty-free HD clips they can use on future projects. If you have a project, and need over 3 minutes running time, contact Warren Heaton so we can schedule accordingly.
Below is a list of prizes we will be giving away at the end of the meeting, totaling over $6000 in value!
As always, we will hand out free tickets during the second half of the meeting (a host will start a strand at the end of an aisle; take one ticket off the strip and pass them along). Winners get to pick from the remaining prizes in the order tickets are pulled. We will pull fewer tickets than there are prizes, so that the last winner still has some choice among prizes.
* a copy of the new roto tool - motor - courtesy of presenters Imagineer Systems (795 GBP value, which translates to over $1500 at current exchange rates!!!)
* Holiday-Maker HD Powertools HD 3 DVD pack of stock footage, courtesy of new MGLA sponsor Motionstream ($799 value)
* Ambient Textures stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of February where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Glass Illusions for $299 or Glass Illusions HD 1 for $399, which is a $3-400 savings.)
* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set for importing NLE and Motion projects into After Effects, courtesy of Automatic Duck ($495 value)
* a bundle of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software plus SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($448 value)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($395 value)
* a Lynda.com Online Training Library 1-year Premium Subscription, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
* a 6 month membership in the Pixel Corps ($300-350 value)
* a free pass to the Gear Media Tech conference in San Francisco, courtesy Pixel Corps ($299 value)
(the Pixel Corps is extending a $100 discount to any MGLA member who registers - use the code 99gd54)
* PowerBlox Unit 01 stock footage + element library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($299 value)
* Conduit nodal compositing plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($149 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* Digital TV over Broadband book by Joan Van Tassel, courtesy Focal Press ($60 value)
* Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop book by Tom Wolsky, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
* a one-year subscription to Script magazine, courtesy of Final Draft ($25 value)
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And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
Your MGLA co-hosts
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and Art Park is a facility of the
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
* coming South/East on the 101: exit Hollywood, head East
* coming North/West on the 101: exit Vermont, head North, turn left (going West) onto Hollywood
* coming from the 5: exit Los Feliz, head West, turn left (going South) onto Vermont, turn right (going West) on Prospect, Prospect becomes Hollywood
Enter through the gate on the South side of Hollywood Blvd. just East of the light at Edgemont, or West of the light at New Hampshire (which is just West of where Prospect and Hollywood come together). The theatre is at the top of the hill, adjacent to the art gallery (they have separate entrances).
Parking is free. There is parking at the bottom of the hill, but first try to find a space around the perimeter of the park at the top. Please park closely together, at an angle (regardless of how the parking spaces are painted!) to allow more cars to park. Click here for a PDF map (300k) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.
Wheelchair access (or if you are carrying a lot of gear): Park in the lot next to the Hollyhock house (you will see a handicap parking sign - there are also spaces for loading etc.), come into the theatre entrance, and take the elevator down. There will be space in the front of the theatre for wheelchairs.
Click here for a Google interactive map, including the ability to get directions from your location to this address. There is also a Metro Red Line station at Vermont and Sunset, about a block and a half from the park's entrance.
Before or after the meeting, there is a fine restaurant row on Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin (just around the corner from the park). There are also a number of funky ethic eateries along Hollywood.